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    Aromatherapy 101

    by Kate Vickers Deriso, CHHC

    Have you ever been in a room where, without you knowing, someone starts to peel an orange… all of a sudden, the freshest, purest, most delightful smell makes its way over to you + you feel instantly uplifted?
    Perhaps there are smells that trigger memories for you…the smell of freshly baked cookies, roses, freshly cut grass, incense, mom’s cooking, lavender, fresh basil…

    You can make some cookies, peel an orange, light some incense or…use some therapeutic grade essential oils. They can be used in many useful and creative ways to enhance your health and wellness.

    Here are a few reasons to use essential oils that may be of interest to you:

    ~Essential oils are powerful antioxidants that create an unfriendly environment for free radicals. Free radicals damage cells and tissue, speed up the aging process, and create an environment perfect for illness and disease.
    ~Essential oils are: anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-infectious, and anti-parasitic. **You can clean your house effectively without a harsh chemicals AND your house will smell SO GOOD!
    ~Essential oils help promote emotional, physical and spiritual healing.

    Aromatherapy is powerful and it works!

    Here’s how:

    With inhalation aromatherapy, we take a nice deep breath in through our nose, the odor molecules from the essential oil connect to the cilia {hairs} receptor sites that extend from the olfactory bulb in our brain. These cilia extend from approximately 10 million olfactory nerve cells! The amygdala which is responsible for storing and releasing emotions receives the impulses from the olfactory bulb. The olfactory bulb also sends those impulses along to the limbic system that control memory, heart rate, blood pressure, stress levels, and hormone levels. An added benefit from inhalation aromatherapy is that tiny molecules for the oil enter your bloodstream through the respiratory process.

    Application aromatherapy is done by applying the essential oil directly to the skin or mixing it with a carrier oil and then applying it to the skin. Our skin is our largest organ and it protects us from infection, regulates our body temperature, rids us of toxins through sweating, AND it absorbs whatever we put on it. We receive the benefits + properties of the essential oil when it is applied to our skin and directly absorbed into our bloodstream. This way we immediately receive the anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-infectious, and anti-parasitic benefits from the essential oils.

    Here is a short list of my favorite oils and some creative ways to use them:

    Wild Orange: I keep with me at all times! Several times throughout the day I will simply open it up and breathe it in. You can also take a few drops in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, hold them up to your face and inhale deeply. This is SO refreshing and it gives me a lift in mood and energy. Wild Orange is used for relaxing, calming, balance, killing airborne bacteria, alleviating insomnia, + stimulating the immune system.

    Balance: This oil is immediately grounding and relaxing. Best application is to rub into the bottoms of your feet.
    Balance is a blend of spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense. It promotes courage, confidence, self esteem, grounding, peace, and calming.

    Frankincense: can be applied directly to the skin on your face to reduce wrinkles, minimize oil production, decrease redness and help with breakouts. It is an immune stimulant and antidepressant. Frankincense has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. It is useful for visualizing, centering, and enhancing a spiritual connection.
    “Boswellic acid in Frankincense was found to prevent and inhibit invasion and metastasis of melanoma (skin pigment) and fibrosarcoma (connective tissue cancer) cells” (Zhao et all., 2003)

    Lemon: I use lemon oil a lot. I use it straight in my drinking water, inhale it when I need a mood boost, and I make my counter top cleaner with it.
    For drinking: just one drop in a 10oz glass of purified water.
    For cleaning: mix 10-15 drops in with water in a spray bottle. I use this to clean my kitchen, stove, microwave, counters, and sink. No, it does not leave streaks. Lemon oil has shown to be anti-cancer, anti-depressant, anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, invigorating, refreshing, and tonic.
    “In a study of older individuals, it was found that there was a dose-dependent relationship between citrus peel consumption (which is high in d-Limonene) and a lower degree of squamous cell carcinoma of the skin” (Hakim et al., 2000)

    *Important* Whenever taking oils internally, be sure they are organic, therapeutic grade essential oils. They should be labeled as such AND say whether or not they are safe for dietary use.

    There are so many easy and creative ways you can use aromatherapy in your life to enhance your overall health and wellbeing. Give it a try and see how you feel!

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